The Scottish Sun – Cooking Up a Storm
Alastair Cook gives England selector Ed Smith something to smile about as he goes to town in first knock of season

Former skipper scored 84 in his first knock of the county season and is keen to continue playing for his COOK finally gave England’s new chief selector something to smile about by scoring 84 in his first knock of the county season.

Summary

  • Cooking Up a Storm Alastair Cook gives England selector Ed Smith something to smile about as he goes to town in first knock of season Former skipper scored 84 in his first knock of the county season and is keen to continue playing for his COOK finally gave England’s new chief selector something to smile about by scoring 84 in his first knock of the county season.
  • Getty England selector Ed Smith finally has something to smile about At least Cook, whose runs came from 138 balls in Essex’s draw at Hampshire, showed signs of form following a mixed winter.
  • Cook, 33, revealed last week he has split from batting coach Gary Palmer after scoring just 23 runs in two Tests in New Zealand.
  • Mark Stoneman, who played in all seven winter Tests, has scores of 4, 24, 0 and 29 for hit 84 as he looks to continue playing for his IPL cricket matched shifted out of Chennai due to protests outside the stadiumBut he remains favourite to open with Cook as his main rival, Lancashire’s Keaton Jennings, has made 79 in five innings.
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